Are Your Recommendations Five Star?

In today’s reputation economy, professionals, like products, are rated and judged based on recommendations. How do I write a LinkedIn recommendation or a recommendation in general? Do you have examples or samples I can see? 

The best recommendations is something that could only have been written by you because it is genuine, very specific, and descriptive.

The right way to tell people you're available for work!


LinkedIn Colleague Gail wrote and essentially was asking me, what is the best way to advertise or let others know in the scientific community that she was available for work, short of spamming people with a link to her CV. Here’s her note.

Unbelievable and Incredible

This year I decided to invest in publicity training. I went with training from Steve Harrison over at Bradley Communications and so far I have been very impressed with the training.  (I was a HUGE skeptic and fully expected that I would be asking for a refund!)

I’m happy to report that, so far, I’ve been delighted with training.

How to Introduce Yourself

People quickly form strong opinions based on first impressions and that is why a well-crafted, strong, self-introduction is a critical part of making a good first impression. First impressions are very difficult change, so it is best when introducing yourself to be confident, strong, and self-aware […]

Interviewing and Networking "Stimulus Package"

Today I’ll be presenting at the National Institute of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Washington, DC.   Last week I was at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.  This post is mostly intended for those participants.  However, I decided to open it up to new readers (who haven’t yet subscribed to my newsletter).

How do YOU start a conversation?

For those that have attended my professional networking seminars you’ve already heard many of my ideas on how to start a conversation and for those that haven’t yet attended I created the list below.

How to Start a Conversation

25 Perfect Phrases for Starting a Business Conversation

Have you ever wondered how to start a business conversation?

Conversation is the art of combining questions, listening, and self-disclosure so that two strangers can build a common ground between them. Be attentive, be curious, and be sincere.

Networking Goals

A few weeks ago, I was “on the fence” about going to a Jeff Pulver social media networking breakfast. The main reason I was even considering this event was to meet a particular person who had RSVP’d a confirmation. I was thinking, “Hmmmm…

Business cards for scientists? Of course!

This past week I delivered two seminars for the School of Medicine at Harvard University. At the end of my first seminar something surprising happened.

As you might expect, after seminars, participants often come up to ask questions they didn’t want to ask in front of the entire group.

Send me an invitation! Please!?!

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No, no, not to your upcoming social event–I’m talking about a LinkedIn invitation to join your professional network.

When I was first introduced to LinkedIn I thought it was a scam! It wasn’t until a very trusted friend invited me to join, I checked it out and realized the potential professional benefit.

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